WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Catholic University softball team (13-15) fell to Salisbury University (20-9) in a nonconference doubleheader on Tuesday.
Game 1: Salisbury 6, Catholic 1
Sophomore Makayla Czan led the Cardinals at the plate, going 2-3 and recording the only RBI of the game for Catholic. Junior Sabrina Scott got the start, throwing four innings. Sophomore Allie Lajeunesse then entered in relief, throwing three innings and recording four strikeouts.
The Cardinal offense struggled to get things going in the first game. The Cardinals recorded six hits, four of which came in the final two innings.
Catholic's bats woke up in the sixth, recording three hits and scoring their first and only run of the game. Sophomore Taylor Forgen singled up the middle before junior Sabrina Scott singled to right field. Czan then hit a single to right field, scoring Forgen.
The Sea Gulls extended their lead with a solo home run in the top of the seventh and secured their 19th win of the season.
Game 2: Salisbury 6, Catholic 5
Game two was a different story as the Cards recorded 11 hits and five RBIs. Junior Kacie Badolato led the team, going 3-4 at the plate. Freshman Marissa Bruder, sophomore Taylor Forgen and junior Sabrina Scott also had an impressive game going 2-4.
The Sea Gulls struck in the top of the first, scoring two unearned runs after two Cardinal errors.
Catholic responded in the bottom of the frame, scoring one run on three hits. Forgen got things started with a single to left field. The sophomore then scored on a single from sophomore Makayla Czan.
The Cards tacked on two more runs in the second to take the lead. Badolato led off with a single up the middle before advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt from freshman Bella Ronca. Freshman Elizabeth Dew then entered the game to pinch run. Bruder singled to the third baseman and advanced to second on a throwing error, Dew scored on the play. Scott then reached on an error by the second baseman to score Bruder. After a pitching change, the Cardinals loaded the bases. Sophomore Juliet Lodes was hit by a pitch to score Forgen, who reached on a single to the pitcher.
Catholic took a 5-2 lead in the third inning on two doubles. Badolato recorded her second hit of the game with a double to right field. Then with two outs, Bruder traded places with Badolato for the RBI.
The fourth and fifth innings were scoreless for both teams.
In the top of the sixth, Salisbury went to work. The Sea Gulls scored four runs on four hits. With one out and runners on first and second, Fraley hit a three-run bomb over the right field fence to tie the game at five. Following a pitching change for the Cards, the next batter, Jones, hit a solo shot to give Salisbury the 6-5 lead.
The Sea Gulls would go on to win the game as the Cards could not close the gap.
Catholic returns to the diamond at home on Thursday, April 11 against Stevenson. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.